Tablets pushed out by smartphones

cheetahAs smartphone screen sizes get bigger, tablet market share is shrinking.

That’s according to Gartner, which said that tablet sale growth is falling and in 2014 will represent less than 10 percent of all gizmos in 2014.

Hardware buyers are hanging onto their tablets and while sales will amount to 229 million units this year – up 11 percent from 2013, the overall trend is down.  For example, in 2013 tablet sales grew by 55 percent.

Gartner beliees that shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will hit 2.4 billion units this year.  Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner, said the relationship between PCs, ultramobiles and mobile phones is getting ever more complex.

He thinks some people won’t replace a tablet with a tablet but are taking an interest in hybrid or two in one devices.

Gizmos using the Android operating system will hit one billon this year, he said.

Windows for mobile devices in mature markets is growing, but growth is snail like, rather than cheetah like, according to Gartner.